Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, Esq. & Associates

Attorney Lorraine Gauli-Rufo provides legal representation for criminal matters in New York City and in Verona, Montclair, and surrounding areas of New Jersey, with a focus on Federal Criminal Defense
Lorraine Gauli-Rufo
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Lorraine Gauli-Rufo
Rated by Super Lawyers

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“We fight for your rights and protect your freedom when you are threatened or charged with a federal crime.”

– Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, attorney

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo was selected as a SuperLawyer in New Jersey for White Collar Criminal Defense (2017 -2023) and in Metro, New York City for Criminal Defense (2017-2020).

If you or a loved one is contacted by any agency of the federal government, whether it is the IRS, FBI, DEA, ATF, state or federal prosecutors, or any other governmental agency or an Assistant United States Attorney …call our office immediately so we can help protect your valuable rights.

Experienced, Aggressive and Effective Representation – ​Specializing in Federal Criminal Defense in New Jersey and New York

Lorraine Gauli-Rufo Esq. of LGR Law

For more than 25 years, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo of LGR Law, LLC ​has offered top​-notch ​legal representation​ to her clients and is a trusted and respected federal criminal defense attorney in the Newark, NJ area as well as New York City. She defends the rights of the accused in federal courts throughout the United States​, with a focus on New Jersey and Manhattan, New York federal courts. ​ ​Ms. Gauli-Rufo has ​tried numerous cases and has ​ a wealth of experience ​in all phases of criminal litigation including trials, motion practice, plea hearings, sentencing, and appeals. ​She has achieved many below Guideline sentences for her clients. She also represents many clients who are either the subjects or the targets of federal criminal investigations as well as individuals and corporations who are served with federal grand jury subpoenas.

Ms. Gauli-Rufo and her office are the standout choice  for those looking for quality representation in the New York City and Montclair area, and is a zealous advocate protecting the rights of her clients from the beginning stages of a criminal matter to its conclusion. She is also considered a tough and successful negotiator with plea agreements. When you are first contacted by the federal government or any federal agency, or notified of a potential criminal matter, contact Ms. Gauli-Rufo of LGR law immediately.

Primary Practice Areas

Specializing in Criminal Defense in New Jersey Federal Courts and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

Representative Federal Criminal Matters

Ms. Gauli-Rufo and LGR Law have defended a wide range of criminal matters in both federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey.

Representative Criminal matters:
  • Conspiracy offenses
  • Serious drug offenses
  • Assault
  • Bank Robbery
  • Hobbs Act Offenses
  • Extortion
  • Gambling Offenses
  • Child Pornography
  • Immigration Offenses (Reentry)
  • and Firearms offenses

Federal Criminal Law

LGR Law also specializes in defending federal white collar criminal matters.

White Collar Federal Crimes including:


If you were arrested for a federal crime, your immediate goal is likely to get out on bail. However, whether or not you will be granted bail is up to the judge. He or she will look at the specific circumstances of your case before coming to a decision, such as the type of crime, your previous criminal history and how much evidence there is against you.
Whether or not to plead guilty is a decision you will make after much consultation with your attorney. There are many factors to consider in deciding whether or not to plead guilty including whether you committed the crime charged, the weight of the evidence against you, the plea offer that is made available, and the penalties involved. All of these factors should be considered and discussed with your attorney before you decide if pleading guilty is the right course of action for you.
Many of the criminal cases you hear about, such as DUI’s, battery and shoplifting, are handled in state court. However, certain offenses are prosecuted by the federal government and are usually considered white collar crimes. These charges include mail fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, bank fraud and accounting fraud.
If you have never been to a consultation with a criminal defense attorney, you might not know what to expect. During your first meeting with your attorney, expect to answer a lot of questions about your case. Your attorney will likely want to know when and where you were charged, what exactly you were charged with and whether you have spoken to the police or not. He or he may also ask you if you have a previous criminal history. It’s important to answer each question honestly, even if you feel embarrassed. Your attorney can’t fully help you if he or she does not know the truth. Remember that your attorney is not there to judge you. If you have documents pertaining to your case, do not forget to bring them along to your meeting.
While we know that a change of representation in the middle of a case can be difficult for both you and your client, we work hard to collaborate with you to make sure the transition is smooth. [10:03 AM] During your first meeting with your attorney, you should expect to be asked a lot of questions about you, including your background and any information about the charges that you know. When you speak to your attorney in a consultation, your communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege. That means, with very limited exceptions, your attorney cannot disclose what you say at that meeting, without your permission. [10:03 AM] We also refer cases that are not right for us to other attorneys, who we trust and expect will treat our referrals with the same level of care and attention as our firm.

News & Articles

Criminal defense attorney, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo shares news and articles pertaining to criminal and federal law

New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen

In the landmark Supreme Court decision New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen, The Court held that in order to find a gun regulation constitutionally permissible, courts must employ a two-step test. First, the court must inquire as to whether the plain...

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Pharmacy Fraud

Recently, it seems that the federal government has been closely scrutinizing the actions of several pharmacy and compound pharmacy companies and has brought federal charges against many of these owners.  They have been charged with a variety of federal crimes,...

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Habeas Update SCOTUS

Habeas Update SCOTUS In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled on a case related to habeas corpus. More specifically, in Jones v. Hendrix, the Supreme Court discussed habeas relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 when a subsequent (or second) motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255...

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Admissibility of Social Media Evidence in Court

The Federal Rules of Evidence state that admissions by a party-opponent can be introduced in court. This may include relevant text messages, social media posts, and statements made to the media. In order for evidence derived from social media platforms to be...

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Why choose Lorraine Gauli-Rufo and LGR Law, LLC for your federal, criminal matter?

Specializing in criminal defense in New Jersey Federal Courts and in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, Ms. Gauli-Rufo IS the attorney many turn to when seeking an experienced lawyer to attend to and resolve their criminal, legal needs. Ms. Gauli-rufo and her office utilize more than 25 years of experience to represent clients, compassionately and attentively, focusing on their individual needs on a case by case basis. LGRlaw is the office people reach out to when threatened or charged with serious criminal matters. As an accomplished criminal defense attorney, drug crime lawyer, and a recognized and trusted fierce fighting advocate, many people seek the services of lorraine gauli rufo and her office to fight for their rights, and to protect their freedom.


Having handled well over 1000 criminal cases, and many jury trials, Ms. Gauli-Rufo has earned the reputation of  a zealous attorney and effective advocate on behalf of her clients. Her goal is to give each client the type of personal attention they deserve, listening to what they have to say, and providing legal advice and direction on an individual basis.

Quotes From Our Clients

Ms. Lorraine Gauli-Rufo represented me on a case a few years ago. She did a great job and I will recommend her with all confidence. She’s diligent, conscientious and utterly trustworthy.